Abdominal Itchiness During Pregnancy

By Ashley | January 27, 2010
Itchy Abdomen In Pregnancy

Itchy abdominal rash during pregnancy is very common. It is a frustrating but an inevitable side effect of pregnancy for many women. The itching begins when the abdomen begins to expand as the baby grows within and the skin of the stomach stretches. Also, the hormones surging through your body during pregnancy can cause itching. Liver enzymes also undergo changes and this can cause itching.

While some women might experience itching on their abdomen, others might experience the same in the palms of their hands or on the soles of their feet. This happens when the level of bile salts that are secreted from the liver, increase in the body.

Treating abdominal itching during pregnancy

  • One of the best ways to treat itching or get relief for at least a short period is to apply a thick lotion or moisturizer. Keep the skin moist and well-hydrated to avoid itching.
  • Avoid standing under a hot shower for a long time. The same tip applies to a hot soak too.
  • Use a mild soap so that the skin does not feel too dry. And apply a lotion after you pat yourself dry after a bath. The skin is still soft and the lotion is easily absorbed during this time.
  • A home remedy that some women try in order to get relief from itchiness is to mix oatmeal in water and soak in it. You can do this by grinding a pack of oatmeal and then mixing it in your bath water. Soak in this water for some time. Light some aromatherapy candles and listen to some soothing music while you do this.
  • Check the clothes that you are wearing. Sometimes tight waistbands or itchy, synthetic fabrics can worsen the situation or trigger off a bout of itching. It is advisable to wear soft fabrics made with natural fibers. Wear loose clothes.
  • Keep your entire abdominal area moisturized and use vitamin E enriched oil or Shea butter. You can also use Lanolin-based creams and lotions; however, do not use this if you are allergic to wool.
  • A calamine lotion is good for soothing an itchy abdomen. The zinc oxide can protect the skin and can reduce the itching.
  • You might want check the thermostat. Excessive warmth can worsen the itch.
  • Do not scratch your abdomen, even if you are tempted in doing so. Scratching will cause more irritation.
  • You may want to use a humidifier to keep your skin moist and well-hydrated.
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